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Uplifting and Inspiring Quotes:

  • “To weep is to make less the depth of grief.”
    —William Shakespeare, ~

  • “...Out of the huts of history's shame
    I rise
    Up from a past that's rooted in pain
    I rise
    I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
    Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
    Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
    I rise
    Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
    I rise
    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
    I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
    I rise
    I rise
    I rise.”
    —Maya Angelou, ~

  • “Some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity...”
    —Gilda Radner, ~

  • “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.”
    —Denis Waitley, ~

  • “The earth I tread on is not a dead inert mass. It is a body, has a spirit; is organic and fluid to the influence of its spirit and to whatever particle of the spirit is in me.”
    —Henry David Thoreau, ~

  • “Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson, ~

  • “We
    were here.
    we were always here,
    hanging on where others couldn’t
    marking signs where others wouldn’t,
    counting kin our own way. We
    survived. The earth
    can’t shake
    us.”
    —Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name is not Easy

  • “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.”
    —Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, ~

  • “I must be a mermaid. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
    —Anais Nin, ~

  • “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “There is a wildness in us, an untamed spirit beneath all the useful roles we fulfill, all the productive work we do to care for ourselves, others & the world. We must make room for the wildness, find moments- days- & allow it to take us, carry us, into running full out just for the joy of running whatever wild "running" looks like for each of us. Our innate wildness renews us & reconnects us to what we are, to the embodied spirit of life that we are.”
    —Oriah Mountain Dreamer, ~

  • “Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.”
    —Napoleon Hill, ~

  • “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
    —Mother Teresa, ~

  • “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.”
    —Amelia Earhart, ~

  • “Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. Don’t over-analyse your relationships. Stop playing games. A growing relationship can only be nurtured by genuineness.”
    —Leo F. Buscaglia, ~

  • “Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you've got a big heart and aren't afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.”
    —Brigitte Nicole, ~

  • “The beauty of a woman isn't in the clothes she wears,
    The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
    The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes;
    Because that's the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.”
    —Maya Angelou, ~

  • “Kiss slowly, laugh insanely, live truly, and forgive quickly.”
    —Paulo Coelho, ~

  • “If you can't handle me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best.”
    —Marilyn Monroe, ~

  • “I have known many graduates of Bryn Mawr. They are all of the same mold. They have all accepted the same bright challenge: something is lost that has not been found, something's at stake that has not been won, something is started that has not been finished, something is dimly felt that has not been fully realized. They carry the distinguishing mark – the mark that separates them from other educated and superior women: the incredible vigor, the subtlety of mind, the warmth of spirit, the aspiration, the fidelity to past and to present. As they grow in years, they grow in light. As their minds and hearts expand, their deeds become more formidable, their connections more significant, their lovers more startled and delighted. I once held a live hummingbird in my hand. I once married a Bryn Mawr girl. To a large extent they are twin experiences. Sometimes I feel as though I were a diver who had ventured a little beyond the limits of safe travel under the sea and had entered the strange zone where one is said to enjoy the rapture of the deep.”
    —E.B. White, ~

  • “"Whatever happens in your life, no matter how troubling things might seem, do not enter the neighbourhood of despair. Even when all doors remain closed God will open up a new path only for you. Be thankful! It is easy to be thankful when all is well. A Sufi is thankful not only for what he has been given but also for all that he has been denied."-----The 7th Rule”
    —., .

  • “We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value --the rapture that is associated with being alive-- is what it is all about.”
    —Joseph Campbell, ~

  • “Be wild,crazy and drunk with Love.
    If you are too careful Love will not find you.”
    —Rumii, ~

  • “And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth,
    ‘You owe me.’
    Look what happens with love like that.
    It lights up the sky.”
    —Hafiz, ~

  • “Dancing is the body made poetic.”
    —Ernst Bacon, ~

  • “There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
    —Nelson Mandela, ~

  • “Don't ever let someone tell you you can't do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can't do something themselves, they're gonna tell you that you can't do it. You want something, go get it. Period.”
    —Christopher Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

  • “Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak — and speak in such a way that people will remember it.”
    —Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, ~

  • “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”
    —Judy Garland, ~

  • “All of your errors have not built a wall against your success. They have paved your way to it.”
    —Alan Cohen, ~

  • “What if our religion was each other?
    If our practice was our life?
    If prayer was our words?
    What if our Temple was the Earth?
    If forests were our church?
    If holy water were the rivers, lakes and oceans?
    What if meditation was our relationships?
    If the Teacher was life?
    If wisdom was self-knowledge?
    If love was the center of our being?”
    —Ganga White, ~

  • “You cannot make a mistake, you can only make a decision that will be your next best step.

    There is no reason to hesitate when you know that you have nothing to lose. And losing is not an act of God, it is a thought in the mind of humans.

    Get rid of the thought and you get rid of doubt.
    Ride your Wisdom to Victory.”
    —Neale Donald Walsch, ~

  • “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
    —Muhammad Ali, ~

  • “Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”
    —Herman Hesse, ~

  • “There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    —Anais Nin, ~

  • “Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with assholes.”
    —William Gibson, ~

  • “Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as reality. To me, defeat in anything is merely temporary, and its punishment is but an urge for me to exert greater effort to achieve my goal. Defeat simply tells me that something is wrong in my doing; it is a path leading to success and truth.”
    —Bruce Lee, Wisdom for the Way

  • “The past is no more; the future is not yet. Nothing exists except the here and now. Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
    —Bruce Lee, Wisdom for the Way

  • “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
    —George Orwell, ~

  • “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.”
    —Alan Cohen, ~

  • “All glory comes from daring to begin.”
    —Eugene F. Ware, ~

  • “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
    —Paul, Galatians 5:1, The Bible

  • “It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.”
    —Ralph Ellison, ~

  • “My heart, sit only with those who know and understand you. Sit only under a tree that is full of blossoms.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “One does not discover new continents without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.”
    —Andre Gide, ~

  • “An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast;
    A wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.”
    —Buddha, ~

  • “You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something in your life.”
    —Winston Churchill, War Strategist, Prime Minister of England during WW2

  • “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.”
    —Carl Jung, ~

  • “You don't have a soul, You ARE a soul. You have a body.”
    —C.S. Lewis, ~

  • “When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.”
    —William Arthur Ward, ~

  • “When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.”
    —Chinese Proverb, ~

  • “When you come to THE EDGE of all that you know, YOU must BELIEVE in one of two things; there will be earth to stand on or you will be GIVEN WINGS TO FLY!!!”
    —., ~

  • “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try one more time.”
    —Edison, ~

  • “There are beautiful and wild forces within us.”
    —St. Francis of Assisi, ~

  • “When a butterfly flutters its wings in one part of the world, it can eventually cause a hurricane in another...”
    —Edward Lorenz, ~

  • “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
    —., Psalm 118:24

  • “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “If you put your soul against this oar with me, the power that made the universe will enter your sinew from a source not outside your limbs, but from a holy realm that lives within us.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”
    —Victor Kiam, ~

  • “You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script. - Oprah Winfrey”
    —Oprah Winfrey, ~

  • “To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”
    —Bruce Lee, ~

  • “Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.”
    —Henry David Thoreau, ~

  • “Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play and pray, where nature heals and gives strength to body and soul alike.”
    —John Muir, ~

  • “Imagine any problem you have to be a huge, locked door standing in front of you. Now see yourself taking a golden key out of your pocket. You brought the key here with you when you arrived on this planet, but you sometimes forget to use it. See yourself putting it into the keyhole, then watch the door swing open. On the key are inscribed these words, "Unconditional Love."”
    —Marianne Williamson, ~

  • “There is no easy formula for determining right and wrong livelihood, but it is essential to keep the question alive… We have to stop pretending that we can make a living at something that is trivial or destructive and still have a sense of legitimate self worth. A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.”
    —Sam Keen, ~

  • “Grant me the ability to be alone; may it be my way every day
    to go outdoors among the trees and grasses,
    among all growing things, and there may I be alone,
    to talk with the one that I belong to.”
    —Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav, ~

  • “Your own happiness is your greatest tool for helping and teaching. It’s a profound energy that emits deeply healing rays of light that have an uplifting effect.”
    —Doreen Virtue, ~

  • “I dream big! I let go of any limitations on my imagination, and I give voice to my inner wisdom and creative impulses. I shed past fears and doubts, replacing them with courage and love. I nurture my future with the same care that I would give to a newborn baby.”
    —Doreen Virtue, ~

  • “If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.”
    —Milton Berle, ~

  • “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
    —Albert Einstein, ~

  • “Begin to weave, and God will give the thread.”
    —German proverb, ~

  • “Take rest. A field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.”
    —Ovid, Roman Poet

  • “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”
    —Albert Einstein, ~

  • “If you took a blue spruce tree and planted it in the desert, it would obviously perish. How do we forget that we too are living systems, and each of us have unique environments, needs, and conditions within which we flourish or wither?”
    —Dawna Markova, ~

  • “You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don't live the only life you have, you won't live some other life, you won't live any life at all.”
    —James Baldwin
  • “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”
    —Albert Camus, ~

  • “If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children.”
    —Mahatma Gandhi, ~

  • “Observe the wonders as they occur around you. Don't claim them. FEEL the artistry moving through and be silent.”
    —Rumi, ~

  • “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
    —Dr. Seuss, ~

  • “It is natural for the immature to harm others.
    Getting angry with them is like resenting a fire for burning.”
    —Shantideva, ~

  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
    —Eleanor Roosevelt, ~

  • “There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice.”
    —Mark Twain, ~

  • “Writing is like making love. Don't worry about the orgasm, just concentrate on the process.”
    —Isabel Allende, ~

  • “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”
    —Mother Teresa, ~

  • “Whether you know it or not, one of the most important relationships in your life is with your Soul. Will you be kind and loving to your Soul, or will you be harsh and difficult? Many of us unknowingly damage our Souls with our negative attitudes and actions or by simple neglect. By making the relationship with your Soul an important part of your life,
    however, by honoring it in your daily routine, you give your life greater meaning and substance. Use your experiences --all of them-- as opportunities to nourish your Soul!”
    —Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross, ~

  • “I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I beli...eve in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
    —Audrey Hepburn, ~

  • “Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion -- several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.

    The higher animals have no religion. And we are told that they are going to be left out in the Hereafter. I wonder why? It seems questionable taste.”
    —Mark Twain, ~

  • “Until man duplicates a blade of grass, nature can laugh at his so-called scientific knowledge. Remedies from chemicals will never stand in favor compared with the products of nature, the living cell of the plant, the final result of the rays of the sun, the mother of all life.”
    —Thomas Edison, ~

  • “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
    —Albert Camus, ~

  • “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
    —Roald Dahl
  • “Love is a game that two can play and both win.”
    —Eva Gabor, ~

  • “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”
    —Mark Twain, ~

  • “Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened.”
    —Anatole France, ~

  • “Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.”
    —H. Jackson Browne, ~

  • “A man is ethical only when life, as such, is sacred to him, that of plants and animals as that of his fellow men, and when he devotes himself helpfully to all life that is in need of help.”
    —Dr. Albert Schweitzer, ~

  • “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
    —Mark Twain, ~

  • “Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.”
    —Martha Graham, ~

  • “The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.”
    —Ivy Barker Priest, ~

  • “In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop finding comfort in the sweet territory of silence?”
    —Gabrielle Roth, ~

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